Blue Black Night
RAE BILLING - New Album 2008 - Blue Black Night After almost seven years of life since her last recording, Rae Billing has managed to drag herself back into the studio to record her third alt-country album. And it is a stellar recording in which the 'alt' nature of Rae's music is especially apparent on 'No Closer,' which follows in the footsteps of Gram Parson's 'Sin City' to create a riveting commentary on the times, and 'Shatter,' which peals back the skin to reveal a small agony. On 'The Dream' Garth Hudson (The Band) lends his trembling Rhodes accompaniment and the song is beautifully dark and spacious. Rae again works with one of Canada's most powerful producers, Peter J. Moore (Cowboy Junkies, Holly Cole, Oh Susannah) and good friends, Cleave Anderson (Blue Rodeo) on drums, Steve Koch (Ron Sexsmith) on guitar, Derrick Brady (Hawksley Workman) on bass, along with Matt Horner (Mary Margaret O'Hara)Greg Clarke (The Corndogs) and reuniting with Lucky Pete Lambert (Kensington Hillbillies) from Crybaby) on backup vocals. Maud Hudson also provides backup on 'Personal Jesus'. 'There is a depth to her songs few contemporaries have yet to hone.' Jason MacNeil, All Music Guide.